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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Yes - I have been knitting on "The Hanging Garden Shawl" ... no new pix. It is still in that 'wrinkled new baby' phase. I still have a wee bit over 4 pattern sections to complete - although I am now thinking I might add a fifth. Fickle, fickle me!

I did manage to play with the carder! Want to peek at "I Roasted His Chestnuts?" While the temps have been HOT & HUMID - I felt I needed to be creative with the title - I am TOTALLY thinking Winter! ;)

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Friday, July 27, 2007

YAY ... another charity vest has been completed!

This one was difficult to embellish. My intent: I wanted to create something 'boyish'. My mind was blank. I tried cars, trains, even an astronaut. Unfortunately, I couldn't get anything to work.

Flowers are EZ ... girl stuff is EZ .... boy stuff is a challenge. Call me a wimp - but a nice little pocket seemed to add a wee bit of flair!

Here is an interesting Tshirt design I found and I thought I would pass on as NFL Training Camps begin this week ... if you love both dogs & football .... you need one of these!
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Hey America! ...... Small Farmers need YOU!

And they need you RIGHT NOW!!

"Last Wednesday the House Agriculture Committee voted to increase subsidies that mega-farms use to drive family farms off the land and out of business. Not only does this action further subsidize the demise of family farms, it diverts scarce dollars from vital programs that could benefit all of America. This Thursday, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will bring an amendment to the House floor during debate on the Farm Bill that will reverse this move.

The House Agriculture Committee's 2007 Farm Bill proposal is NOT reform. Representative Ryan's amendment is true reform. It would close the loopholes in farm programs that allow a few extremely wealthy individuals to receive multi-million dollar subsidy checks. Rep. Ryan's amendment would restore integrity to farm programs."

The VOTE is tomorrow - 7/26/07. Please sign this petition to help preserve America's Small Farm! SIGN HERE! and pass the link on. 10,000 signatures are needed - BloGdom is huge - and so are the hearts of knitters, spinners & artists! Sign! Sign! Sign!! Thank you!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Kind of plain:

Kind of pretty:

Kind of detailed:

I made this child's vest to give away. It is knit & embroidered with Peace Fleece!

The free hand embroidery satisfied my Creative Muse! Now .... I need to make another vest more suitable for a wee boy! Isn't it amazing how a little detail & color brighten the day?
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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Today is a hallmark day for me!

Today, I get to introduce my "Painted Ladies Lace Yarn"!

Lace is hot, sexy & totally IN!! I love knitting lace and many others do as well!

Nothing is better than creating a unique piece for yourself or as a
gift. But, as you know - I like to take that one step further - to
create something that no one else in the world will ever have!

That is why I paint yarn! I like to proclaim my individuality. Who wants to look like the masses when you can stand out above them??

Well .... here is Dragon Ladies & Dragon Knights! Approx 1600 yards of total "one of a kindness"!

I hope you like it!
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Monday, July 16, 2007

As an artist - there are times when I am at a loss.

I don't know what to create: Do I paint? Do I spin? Do I knit? Or do I cook a masterpiece in the kitchen?

I don't know if it is a matter of being lost or unsettled. Unfocused or unwilling. Life still goes on while people come & go. They enter & exit thru our revolving doors. They are passers-by on the streets of our lives.

Next time - when I struggle for focus - instead of listening to the inner critics of an artist's demise - I will reaffirm that talents were given so as they could be shared. If you feel blocked or are struggling - this artist will capture your attention. I hope
Kaziah Hancock
rocks your world as much as she did mine!
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Friday, July 13, 2007

I can't believe that it has taken me ALL week to UPdate.

Vacations can be like that. While Mojitos and sunshine, family & friends mix well in the summer - it is the ALL the stuff that lies in waiting for your return.
Laundry, cleaning, mowing, gardening. I hear a Mojito calling my name in the distance......

This week, my computer access was spotty at best. And while I wish I could say that I did a tremendous amount of knitting/creating to offset the stress of 'the lack of internet' - it was just to dang hot.

The "Hanging Garden Shawl" still sits as I started a charity vest out of Peace Fleece. I seem to feel better when I knit for others. A small child's vest isn't so hot & heavy to hold on one's lap when the temps hover over the 90 degreee mark.

No crying in chilly libations for me! When the going gets tough - the tough find new loves! The first is Nickelback.
I really find their ballads totally unique as they are sung by a gravely throated rocker. Some of their other songs are well .... harsh. But, I doubt if I fit into their demographic. Seriously .... I am not a 16 year old who gets giggly at choice words and phrases. So ... it is all good. Although, if I HAD known that they were going to be in concert down the road from me tonight - I would have gone ... I can still rock with the best of them. Do you think I could have brought some knitting into the venue? ;)

The second is Raggedy Pageant. Robin's dolls are wonderful ... truly art pieces!! Here are mine ... are they NOT the cutest things EVER????

While DH & I have been married for a bit ... I just thought they would look lovely sitting on a basket of antique linens.

Well - I hope to get tons of stuff done now that all is well is ComputerLAND and the temps have stabled a bit.
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